Legong Dance

Balinese Legong Dancer, Arcrylic Painting by Yong, 100 x 100 cm, Expressionist, Pallette, Antique Bali wood Frame, Now Auction Start $450.00, Part of Money Gain for support Schollarship Indon Children (www.gloriaministry.com).

Legong is a form of Balinese dance. It is a refined dance form characterized by intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and expressive gestures and facial expressions.

Legong probably originated in the 19th century as royal entertainment. Legend has it that a prince of Sukwati fell ill and had a vivid dream in which two maidens danced to gamelan music. When he recovered, he arranged for such dances to be performed in reality. [1] Others believe that the Legong originated with the sanghyang dedari, a ceremony involving voluntary possession of two little girls by beneficent spirits.  Legong is also danced at public festivals. Excerpts from Legong dance dramas are put on for tourists.

Legong dancers are always girls who have not yet reached puberty. They begin training at about the age of five and learn by copying and memorizing the teacher’s motions.

Classical Legong enacts several traditional stories. The most common is the tale of the King of Lasem from the Malat, a collection of heroic romances. He is at war with another king, the father (or brother) of Princess Ranjasari. Lasem wants to marry the girl, but she detests him and tries to run away. Becoming lost in the forest, she is captured by Lasem, who imprisons her and goes out for a final assault against her family. He is attacked by a monstrous raven, which foretells his death.

The dramatics are enacted in elaborate and stylized pantomime. The two little actresses are accompanied by a third dancer called a tjondong or attendant. She sets the scene, presents the dancers with their fans and later plays the part of the raven.

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